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Afghan Expatriate Program (AEP)                                                                    
Afghan Expatriate Program (AEP)

Overview:
Afghan Expatriate Program (AEP) involved the recruitment of qualified expatriate Afghans into government ministries and agencies. The service provider was the Independent Administrative Reform & Civil Service Commission (IARCSC).  Accordingly, the IARCSC and its various units were the central players in the implementation of the project.

The ARTF (Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund) is a multi donor trust fund administered by the World Bank in support of Afghanistan's reconstruction efforts.  The Independent Administrative Reforms & Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) implemented the ARTF Expatriate Services (ARTF-ExS) Program with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The purpose of the ARTF-ExS program is to identify worldwide, highly skilled human resources (expatriate Afghan professionals) with significant reconstruction and development experience, in order to place them within key ministries and other government agencies/institutions to enhance the Government's effectiveness in overseeing urgent policy and institutional reforms. The objective of the 24-month program was to provide the IARCSC with technical assistance and support in establishing a merit based recruitment system by putting in place all necessary processes and procedures for identifying Afghan Experts worldwide and placing at least (initially) 60 highly-skilled Afghan expatriates into Afghanistan’s public administration.

The ARTF (Afghan Reconstruction Trust Fund) Executive Committee (ExC) oversaw the recruitment of AEP experts, which aims at recruiting 60 expatriates in an advisory position over a two-year period. Vetting and hiring decisions of AEP experts were undertaken by the ARTF Executive Committee and its secretariat. Recruitment of AEP candidates was focused on seeking exceptionally qualified Afghans to assume senior advisory positions from the international marketplace; accordingly, a Consultant has been retained that identifies possible candidates and was responsible for all logistical arrangements in bringing the experts to Afghanistan. 

The ARTF-ExC financed the compensation and expenses of Afghan experts and professionals residing abroad, who wished to make a contribution to the reconstruction of their country. The initial contract duration varied between 6 and 12 months, with possibility of extension. Clear and merit-based recruitment procedures and an equitable structure of compensation in line with relevant principles embodied in a code of conduct were set up in order to ensure a transparent recruitment process.

Objectives:
The objectives of the AEP program were to provide the Independent  Administrative Reform and Civil Service  Commission (IARCSC) with technical assistance and support  in establishing a merit based recruitment system by putting in place all necessary processes and procedures for identifying Afghan Experts worldwide and placing a number of  highly-skilled Afghan expatriates into Afghanistan’s public administration. 

Implementation Arrangements:
IARCSC was given the responsibility to implement the AEP. Two Presidential Decrees (25 and 26) set out the implementation procedures, the composition and the oversight authority of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC), the functions of an Executive Committee (EC), generic terms of references and selection criteria of Afghan experts and terms of reference for an Implementation Support Consultant.


 

 
 
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